Pop-up Globe, the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of the second Globe, the theatre Shakespeare and his company built and opened in 1614 after the first Globe theatre burned to the ground, is returning to Auckland for its third season.

Pop-up Globe founder, CEO and artistic director Dr Miles Gregory believes Shakespeare’s work performed in the space it is written for is a completely unique and transformative experience.

“Our audiences are blown away by the immersive experience of seeing Shakespeare performed in the space for which it was written. The relationship between actor and audience, the spectacular space itself, together with the power of Shakespeare’s incredible work, means attending plays at Pop-up Globe is totally different from anything you’ve seen before,” says Gregory.

“This isn’t dusty Shakespeare. This is now. Alive. Like a party,” adds Gregory.

A festival of Shakespeare this summer.                        

Pop-up Globe will reopen in the newly-redesigned Shakespeare Gardens in the heart of Ellerslie Racecourse, offering a peaceful escape from the city over the summer months.

Pop-up Globe made its international debut in the heart of Melbourne’s theatre and arts precinct in September this year. Now back in its home city, Pop-up Globe premieres five new stunning productions of Shakespeare’s masterworks – the magical fantasy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, controversial comedy The Merchant of Venice, laugh-out-loud slapstick The Comedy of Errors, the haunting tragedy of Macbeth and the epic political tale of Julius Caesar.

Audiences can expect to see cannons, flaming arrows, hundreds of litres of fake blood, hand-forged armoury and over 450 beautiful bespoke period costumes pieces specially constructed by the Pop-up Globe in-house wardrobe department. Capped with an onion dome, Pop-up Globe is a remarkable feature in the Auckland cityscape, just as the second Globe was in London.

Shakespeare like its 1614.

The audacious project was originally planned as a one-off in Auckland to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016. Created entirely from scratch by an international company and cast in under 18 months, Pop-up Globe took the city by storm welcoming over 100,000 New Zealand attendances and in a twice extended season extended twice by popular demand.

Following hot on the heels of this initial sell-out success, a critically-acclaimed second season in 2017 entertained another 100,000 people. The phenomenon resulted in international interest from leading promoters and city representatives from cities around the world who travelled to New Zealand to witness it for themselves.

Pop-up Globe was thrilled to make its international debut in Melbourne, one of the world’s greatest theatre and cultural cities in 2017.

“We can’t wait to welcome Auckland audiences back into to this unique space to experience Shakespeare like its 1614,” says Gregory.

The season will begin on 7 December. Click here to find out more about the shows. If you’re interested in knowing more about the history behind creating Pop-up Globe click here. To read more about the playhouse click here.